Video: Dropkick Murphys with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” (live)
Listening to James Wolcott on the most recent edition of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, and hearing him say, “I have seen some really rotten Martin Scorcese films in recent years. When I saw the Departed after everyone else, I thought, ‘This is just junk.,'” has really made me re-evaluate my whole take on that film.
When I first saw it, I was all hyped, and I imagine it had a lot to do with the use of the Dropkick Murphys‘ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” which really just grabs you and gets you, the viewer, totally pumped and ready to go in a “YEAAAAH!!! LET’S FUCKIN’ DO THIS!!!” kind of way. The repeated use of music by Scorcese does carry the movie through some rough patches that would’ve otherwise garnered closer critical scrutiny.
The best example of the energy that song can create is found on the upcoming Murphys’ Live On Landsdowne DVD. The show opens with that song, featuring special guests the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and it just blows the roof off the damned club. I’m so sick of this song, and the overexposure it’s gotten, but this performance is just so powerfully energetic, I can’t help but watch it over and over.